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Does the risk of encountering lions influence African herbivore behaviour at waterholes?

Abstract:

A central question in the study of predator-prey relationships is to what extent prey behaviour is determined by avoidance of predators. Here, we test whether the long-term risk of encountering lions and the presence of lions in the vicinity influence the behaviour of large African herbivores at waterholes through avoidance of high-risk areas, increases in group size, changes in temporal niche or changes in the time spent in waterhole areas. In Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, we monitored wat...

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10.1007/s00265-009-0760-3

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Journal:
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Volume:
63
Issue:
10
Pages:
1483-1494
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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EISSN:
1432-0762
ISSN:
0340-5443
URN:
uuid:bacf3dec-f179-4841-9abf-15cf7e007a20
Source identifiers:
211079
Local pid:
pubs:211079

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